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Anchor Lede: Casts immobilize broken limbs while they heal, but there’s usually collateral damage to healthy muscle that’s weakened by also being forced to sit idle.
Randy Atkins: An experimental cast would be custom-fitted in puzzle-like pieces held together by locking devices that doctors could detach at various stages of healing and…
Kelly Anderson: …by choosing which pieces they want to remove can allow your bones to stay immobilized as desired but let your muscles move in certain directions.
Randy Atkins: Kelly Anderson, a University of Virginia engineering student who co-invented the “PuzzleCast,” hopes this will increase blood flow, reduce soreness, and speed recovery for a wide variety of broken bones.
Kelly Anderson: Fractures have slightly different healing mechanisms and so you can customize it based on the particular type of fracture.
Randy Atkins: Anderson’s team is working with surgeons and physical therapists to perfect PuzzleCast. She says it could be available in a couple years. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.